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July 17, 2013

Hainanese Chicken Rice

In attempt to improve start building up some cooking skills, I went to my bookshelf inspiration and found this Hainanese Chicken recipe, along with many other much more ambitious projects which I’ve yet to start even thinking about collecting ingredients for. I actually thought that this was quite ambitious itself, until I realised how dead simple it was to boil a chicken and mix up three sauces to serve it with. And don’t let the picture fool you- the chicken was so much more smooth and tender than it looks! The only challenge really was to chop it up into nice presentable pieces (of which I had no clue how to do so!).

The rice is amazingly tasty too, though you might not want to let people know that it tastes so great because of the amount of chicken fat in it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Recipe from Two Asian Kitchens
Serves 4
Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 50 minutes plus 30 minutes resting

Ingredients
1 whole chicken (about 1.5kg), at room temperature
5 whole cloves garlic, plus 2 cloves, chopped
7 thick slices ginger, unpeeled
1 tbsp sesame oil
675g jasmine rice
1/2 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tbsp light soy sauce
coriander, sliced cucumber and spring onion, to serve

Chilli Sauce
6 red birds-eye chillies
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp caster sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp lemon juice

Spring onion and ginger oil
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt flakes
3 tbsp peanut oil

Dressing
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp light soy sauce

  1. Trim any visible fat from the chicken. Roughly chop the fat and put in a small saucepan. Cook over very low heat for about 1 hour until the liquid fat renders away (I only cooked mine for about 5 minutes as I couldn’t be bothered waiting so long!). Pour off and keep the liquid fat as it pools. (You do not need the crispy pieces of fried fat for this dish, but they are excellent served over cooked noodles.)
  2. Meanwhile, put the whole garlic cloves and 5 slices of ginger in the cavity of the chicken and place breast-side down in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to just below a simmer. The water should be steaming well, but not bubbling. Keep the heat at this stage for 20 minutes (I found that 10-15 minutes was sufficient), then cover the pot and turn off the heat. Leave for 30 minutes, then lift out the chicken, keeping the poaching stock. Brush the chicken skin with sesame oil and wrap with plastic wrap. The chicken should be cooked very lightly, pink inside the bones and with a gelatinous skin.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of the chicken fat in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and remaining 2 slices of ginger and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the rice and toss until well coated and turning opaque. Add 1.25 litres of the reserved chicken stock, the salt and soy sauce. You can also add a few pandan leaves, tied in a knot (if you have them). Cook in a rice cooker or by your preferred method of cooking rice.
  4. To make the chilli sauce, combine chillies, ginger, garlic, sugar and salt in a mortar and pound to a paste. Add the lemon juice and 1-2 tablespoons of hot chicken stock and pound again. Set aside.
  5. To make the spring onion and ginger oil, add the spring onion, ginger and salt to a heatproof mortar and pound lightly with the pestle. Heat the oil in a small frying pan until smoking and pour onto the mixture. Once the sizzling stops, combine lightly with the pestle and leave to infuse for a few minutes.
  6. To make the dressing, mix the sesame oil and soy sauce with 60ml of the chicken stock. If you have any remaining chicken stock after that, you can season it and add a few onion slices. This can be served as a light broth to accompany the meal.
  7. Slice the chicken Chinese-style and pour the dressing over it. Scatter with a little coriander and serve with the rice, condiments, broth and garnishes.

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4 Comments

  • yummychunklet

    Yum! I love chicken and rice

    July 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM Reply
  • muppy

    I so should cook this, I think it looks lovely.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM Reply
  • cquek

    This is seriously like a rainbow on a plate!

    July 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM Reply
  • sushmita pandit

    Thats a lovely and easy recipe…wonderful

    August 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM Reply
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